PALM SPRINGS, Calif. – The second annual FLYING Aviation Expo, featuring a parade of planes and a host of seminars and hands-on demonstrations, wrapped up the three-day event with thousands of pilots and aviation enthusiasts in attendance. The event, organized and produced by Lift Event Management in affiliation with FLYING magazine, will return Oct. 13-15, 2016. [Read more…]
Following the dream of being an airshow performer can be a struggle financially.
“Only about 10 of the 300 or so people in the airshow industry actually make a living at it,” says Greg Koontz, who, to make ends meet, combines airshow flying with aircraft sales and an aerobatics school at his fly-in bed-and-breakfast in Ashville, Alabama.
Now 62, Koontz set his sights on a career as an airshow pilot at age 7 after his father, a corporate pilot, took him to see his first aerobatic performance.
In 2014, his many years of success in the industry were recognized when he was named the recipient of the Bill Barber Award for Showmanship, which was presented at AirVenture by the Barber family. [Read more…]
Thunderstorms followed by steady rain did little to reduce attendance or dampen spirits at the final Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Regional Fly-in of the year in Tullahoma, Tennessee, Oct. 9-10.
Although Friday’s weather was beautiful VFR, a late-day storm front hit with a vengeance and low conditions continued throughout the region until mid-day Saturday.
Many fly-in campers arrived under blue skies on Friday afternoon only to face rough conditions that night. [Read more…]
LAS VEGAS – Between bouts of torrential rain, the Red Bull Air Race World Championship held its eighth and final race of the 2015 season at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Oct. 17-18.
More than 20,000 fans braved the weather to watch Great Britain’s Paul Bonhomme, the most decorated pilot in Red Bull Air Race history, as he claimed a third World Championship. [Read more…]
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — The FLYING Aviation Expo kicks off today, Oct. 15 and runs through Oct. 17.
The expo begins with a parade of planes, and includes a learn to fly seminar, and keynote speeches from FLYING’s editor-in-chief, Stephen Pope, John and Martha King, who founded the King Schools in 1975, Brian Shul, a retired major who was shot down near the end of the Vietnam War, and Phil Gonsalves, meteorologist general forecaster at NOAA. [Read more…]